It’s easier than ever to communicate with our friends and loved ones, but socializing through an app can feel so mechanical. Wouldn’t it be nice to talk to someone in a down-to-earth way?
Enter Potatogram, a successfully funded Kickstarter project that promises to mail a potato with a personalized message to the person of your choice.
The man behind the Potatogram Kickstarter writes that he created the campaign to generate money for legal fees. I messaged him to ask if he plans to keep shipping potatoes after it’s over, and he said he hopes to “set up a store on my website and offer different merchandise to make the Potatogram brand grow.”
“The Potatogram brand” would be a great name for a band. Anyway, here’s what my Re/code colleagues thought of this spudly proposition:
Associate Editor, Search & Online Advertising
“But what if I say po-tah-to?”
Sorry, I’m new. I promise to get better at this.
Senior Editor, Copy
I had a flashback to high school, when spirit clubs would fundraise by selling flowers or candy with a message, all to be delivered during class so the other cool people could see how cool you were to be getting something delivered from another cool person. I do not need to receive a message-potato in the mail for any reason.
Senior Editor, Mobile
As someone who has long had a strong connection with potatoes, I cannot endorse this sort of potatopression.
Managing Editor, Reviews and Product Coverage
I don’t find this Kickstarter very a-peeling.
Senior Editor, Enterprise
Someone tell the Idaho Potato Commission to fire its marketing agency.
Editorial Project Manager
What a half-baked idea.
Deputy Managing Editor, News
The concept has appeal, but I would have called it YouTuber.
Associate Editor, Social Media
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.